Woman pleads guilty to possession of pistol

A woman who pleaded guilty to possession of an unlicensed firearm was remanded in custody last week and will be sentenced on Thursday, Oct. 9.

Julia Elizabeth Lewis, 25, originally pleaded not guilty to possession of a Hi-Point .38 pistol at the Countryside Shopping Village on Aug. 16, 2013.

Trial was set for Monday, Sept. 29. Three men and four women were selected to form the jury. No evidence was presented, however, as defense attorney Nicholas Dixey and Crown counsel Tricia Hutchinson made submissions to the judge in the absence of jurors.

On Wednesday, Oct. 1, Mr. Dixey asked that his client be repleaded. Lewis answered “Guilty” when the charge was put to her. The mother of two children, she wept quietly as she sat in the dock listening to proceedings.

Justice Ingrid Mangatal then called the jurors in and thanked them for their patience. She indicated that their service was no longer needed and they were released.

Justice Mangatal set sentencing for Thursday, Oct. 9. She remanded the defendant in custody until then.

The mandatory minimum sentence for possession of an unlicensed firearm is seven years, unless there are exceptional circumstances.